Welcome to Hillcroft shopping mall new website - Click here to subscribe to mall updates and offers

Community News :

Pass the Naan - Cuisine in Mahatma Gandhi District

Pass The Naan

 Click the image to view the short documentary featuring Chef Kaiser of Himalaya Restaurant.


Bareeka Boutique Now Hiring!

Bareeka Boutique looking for Sales Associate/Stitching Expert

Located at The Plaza @ Hillcroft & Harwin:

5711 Hillcroft St. Ste. D-2 Houston, TX 77036

Hours of Operation will be 11am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday - Sunday

Please send resumes to sadaf.salman@bareeka.com or contact Shakeel at (346) 333-0660 for more questions

Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled at entrance to Houston's Little India

P. Harish, counsel general of India based in Houston, unveils a monument recognizing the Mahatma Gandhi District at a ceremony Sunday. Photo: Craig Hartley, Freelance / Copyright: Craig H. Hartley Just a day after celebrations globally of Indian Independence, members of Houston's swelling Indian population gathered to mark the hub of their community with a monument of Mahatma Gandhi.A marble edifice bearing a bronze engraving of Gandhi's face was unveiled at the entrance of so-called Little India, an area off Hillcroft Avenue near Highway 59. "This is a fitting monument," said Harish Parvathaneni, the counsel general of India based in Houston, as an orange velvet curtains adorned with strings of flowers fell away to reveal the art. Many women in the crown wore brightly colored shalwar kameez, traditional South Asian garments, and waved mini Indian flags, while the men wore stoles with the country's colors around their necks. The Mahatma Gandhi District, as it was formally named in 2011, serves as home to dozens of Indian restaurants, grocery stores, jewelry stores and other businesses, representing decades-long efforts of the thriving Indian community. "In 1968, there were barely half a dozen families of India that had made this their home," said Virendra Mathur, trustee and co-founder of India House, a local community center. Since then, the city's Indian population has grown "exponentially," he added. Community leaders now estimate that about 125,000 people of Indian descent live in the Houston area, with the southwest Houston neighborhood serving as an enclave. Many immigrants were initially attracted to Houston because its sweltering climate is similar to India's, and for Houston's affordable housing and strong job market, said Vijay Pallod, trustee for the India Culture Center. Now, they also come for a strong cultural community that offers numerous staples and comforts from home, including 22 Hindu temples. After 11 a.m. on any given Sunday, community members know finding parking at any of the area's shops and restaurants will be nearly impossible. People flood the area to shop at popular local grocery store Patel Brothers or eat at Shri Balaji Bhavan, a counter-service establishment with authentic vegetarian Indian fare. "You have everything here, what you need," Pallod said. Getting the monument there, however, was not easy. Local Indian community organizations and businesses raised $25,000 to construct the monument and worked closely with city officials, said Col. Raj Bhalla, the former president of Houston's India Culture Center who helped lead fundraising efforts. The first sketch that arrived in July didn't look much like Gandhi, so organizers said they had to scramble have it redesigned. The finished monument did not arrive in Houston until Aug. 12, four days before its scheduled installation. Several public officials attended the unveiling, including U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, and Houston City Council member Mike Laster, as well as council members from Sugar Land and Stafford. "Gandhi is famous for saying, 'We should be the change that we seek,' " Green said. "It's obvious that this community has taken up this cause." Credit: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Gandhi-statue-unveiled-at-entrance-to-Houston-s-6447564.php#photo-8475537

Sameera Faridi debuts at Fashion Houston Five

    Designer and entrepreneur Sameera Faridi with some of her creations in her Southwest Houston Studio. Photo By R. Clayton McKee Photo: R. Clayton McKee, For The Chronicle / © R. Clayton McKee For a girl who didn't know "how to thread a needle," but had a passion for fashion design, Sameera Faridi has come a long way. Her sophisticated vision for a luxury South Asian evening and bridal collection is catching the attention of industry leaders. Faridi, a Sugar Land resident and president of the Fashion Advisory Committee Board at Houston Community College, will showcase her style at the 2014 Fashion Houston Five event at the Wortham Center on Nov. 18-21. Faridi's work will hit the runway Nov. 18. Jeanne Ruberti, Fashion Houston executive producer, said show organizers are thrilled to have Faridi debut her spring 2015 collection at the fifth anniversary showing. "Her creativity and quality of her exquisite garments make her a perfect addition to the Fashion Houston lineup," said Ruberti. "As we continue to seek out and add local designers with successful established collections, we are delighted to discover gems like Sameera. The ethnic diversity of Houston adds beautifully to the possibilities and growth of Fashion Houston." Clients, who come from New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Chicago, all swoon over her collections that makes the most of French Chantilly lace, silk chiffons, silk satin and Royal Duchess satin. Her indulgent fabrics are created to mix and match to the clients' choosing. Prices range from $500 to $6,000. Client Areej Anjum explained how the quality of Faridi's clothes as well as the intricate details in her custom-ordered outfit "absolutely wowed" her. She said she is "definitely a customer for life." "I ordered my bridal dress from Sameera and am so extremely happy about how it turned out," said Anjum. "The colors were exactly how I wanted it, the work was absolutely amazing, and the fit was as perfect as it could be. I have no reason to go elsewhere when I know I will get what I want and will receive VIP treatment when I walk in." Faridi, 33, originally planned on studying pre-medicine, but her creative side got the best of her. Discovering Houston Community College's fashion design program appealed to Faridi. "I explored on my own. I was curious as to what could I do. I went there, and the rest is history. It was the only place giving you fashion design. By the time I finished the program, I was awarded Best of Show for my graduating class," she said. After graduating, Faridi opened the Houston Poshak Fashion and Style store in 2004. In 2009, she launched her label S.M. Couture, and by 2011 she opened Sameera Faridi Design Studio. Staying in touch with the latest trends in India and Pakistan keeps Faridi on her toes for clients. Trends can include high/low dresses, embroidery and custom accents of stones, pearls and gold and silver. Creating for clients' special moments in their lives motivates her vision. "It's a very emotional buy. We get to know the bride's personal style and the whole family. I had a mother call me crying because she loved it. I've learned a lot and found myself as a person. Once you achieve one vision, you have to have another vision. Don't waste time," said Faridi. Tickets for Fashion Houston are available at www.fashionhouston.net and start at $29 for the general public. Credit: http://www.chron.com/default/article/Designer-uses-creativity-to-make-clients-feel-good-5885853.php#photo-7130435

Mahatma Gandhi Monument Coming Soon!

Mahatma Gandhi Monument approved by the City of Houston coming soon to Mahatma Gandhi District on Hillcroft & Hwy 59. More news coming soon.

Hieu's Archangels Adopt a Cat - Call us at 832.630.9843

Our Story
Hieu's Archangels began with the idea of one man, Hieu Nguyen, who continually tried to help feed, foster, and shelter animals, especially dogs for years. At one point, Hieu had taken in more than the Houston city code allowance (3 dogs a household) for dogs in his own home without the knowledge of the ordinances. He had cared for 7 dogs he had called his own after rescuing them. After losing his dogs to the City of Houston and much heartache, Hieu continued to care for the community cats in the Southwest Houston area as well as his remaining dogs, Phoenix, Chica, and Annabelle as well his own cat Hieu Jr. Occasionally, Hieu even took care of rabbits who either seem confused or from families who no longer could care for them as they would like. What was noticed after some time was the community cats kept growing in abundance. The cats outnumbered the stray or loose dogs significantly by approximately 25 cats to 1 dog in his area within Southwest Houston. The stray dogs weren't as much as a threat to the community as cats were. These cats were either hurt intentionally by neighborhood kids, run over by cars, defecating on walking grounds and children's playgrounds, and fighting for food with other cats. These cats would look for shelter in the hoods of cars during winter time or in spaces on neighboring patios. Resources were scarce for Hieu and even several caring neighbors who tried to continue to feed and care for these cats as able. However, with the support of a few loving people in Hieu's life as well as several devoted local organizations, Hieu continued his caring commitment. Hieu looked for an answer to resolve these issues and started spaying and neutering feral and community cats. The process began Hieu's journey to finding Hieu's Archangels. Hieu's Archangels is now committed to finding forever homes for cats in the Southwest Houston, Tx area. As Hieu's Archangels continues to grow, the goal to fulfill Hieu's Archangels mission and vision will come closer each day. Location Petco in the Westchase Shopping Center 10911 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77042 Petco 713.972.1244 CAT ADOPTION APPLICATION Please visit out website for the latest on volunteering, donating, adopting, fostering, or sponsoring a cat. Also please support our cause and like our facebook page. http://www.hieusarchangels.org/ https://www.facebook.com/hieusarchangels  

Ganpati Mela at Olympic Center 6600 Southwest Freeway

http://youtu.be/HOJ_xo7P-mY     Thank you all for coming out !

Ram Leela, Dussehra/Diwali Mela 2013

Click on picture for more information
Untitled Document